February 21, 2006

The Kingsbury Manx – The Kingsbury Manx

Filed under: Revisited — Rene @ 12:06 am

The Kingsbury Manx - The Kingsbury Manx
The Kingsbury Manx formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S., in 1999, with their first self titled debut released in 2000. It is full of English flavours and tender melodies.
The opener “Pageant Square” sets the atmosphere of the album immediately from the first few beats. Humming organs, acoustic guitar, gently played percussions, dreamy Pink Floyd-ish vocals. The Sound is amazingly warm.
Track two “Regular Hands” makes you think of early Pink Floyd era again. Influence is more than obvious.
“Piss Diary” is the track three on the album and probably my albums favourite. It is based on simple acoustic guitar strumming, strings, gentle percussions and beautiful dreamy vocals. Repetitive catchy melody makes you think of bands such as Slowdive or Ride.

“Cross Your Eyes” track four sounds like a B-side of Beta Band or Gomez single.
“Blue Eurasians” is a seven minute instrumental piece. This time it reminds me of Scottish band Mogwai. The track beautifully oscillates between softer and harder played parts. Result is fantastic.
Track six “Hawaii in Ten Seconds”. Slide guitar and vocals. Hello!! This is Elliot Smith! Even the vocals sound like his.
Track seven “How Cruel”. Elliot Smith’s melody sung with Pink Floyd-ish vocals. The melody slowly graduates to an intense instrumental finish. This is very interesting.
“Fields” number eight on the album. Introducing flute and some strange percussions. To me this is very much of a pure Kingsbury Manx track. This is beautiful.
“New Old Friend Blues” were continuing in the same feel as the previous “Fields” track.
“Silver Trees” is the last track on the album and you couldn’t imagine a more beautiful closing track a’la Kingsbury Manx.
Even though the musical influences are pretty obvious they are treated with such loving care and attention that you can’t disagree. You just love it!

Rating: SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne

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